What’s cookin’ south of the border?

So, a few months ago I was at this business expo for work (also promoting this organization I’m in called Tech Marketing Association). My boss and I were just walking around meeting new people, and enjoying the sights and sounds. That is until we hit the food area. It smelled sooooo good! Pizza, pasta, baked goods, and others. I knew that something smelled good when I walked in, but I like to say I have a crazy sense of imagination. Anyway, we ran into this booth called “Go Texan”. Basically promoting buying local (oops…sorry…walmart is my friend right now) and how it effects us. At the booth there were recipe cards of all sorts, so I grabbed a few. Again, me being me, I forgot where I put the cards until now. So, I am proud to present: South of the Border Chicken Breasts by Go Texan.

Ingredients:
1/4 C vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Method:
1. Heat broiler
2. Spray broiler pan with nonstick spray
3. In a small bowl, blend oil, garlic, chili powder, oregano, and cayenne
4. Place chicken on pan and spoon/brush half of the seasoning mixture over the chicken
5. Broil chicken for 6 minutes 4-6 inches from heat
6. Turn chicken and brush/spoon remaining mixture onto the chicken
7. Broil for 4-6 minutes more, or until internal juices run clear

Notes:
I really liked this. It was spicy and savory. Definitely something to make for a mass amount of people. The recipe is so easy, and you can definitely put some twists here and there. I think adding lime juice or a lime when serving would be a great addition. It says to serve with hot black beans and corn (so I did…I’ll show you later what I did). Anyway, cook it up and happy Nom Noms 😀

 

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one of my flavorites

Ahhh…I love summer. The sun, the pool days, and most of all the food. Today’s recipe comes from my sister who is visiting for a month to take some summer classes. I love when family comes to town :D. Anyway, if I were to have to take one food to a deserted island it would have to be pizza. The problem is that I am trying to diet by reducing the amount of carbs and calories I take in. So, when my sister said she wanted to make me a pizza I was a bit hesitant. I didn’t want to break what I started, but then I realized I was limiting food. BLAH! I want to taste EVERYTHING! Sure, I may get a little chubby, but everything is okay in moderation…right?

Ingredients:

5 tbs olive oil

1 medium tomato, sliced and quartered

1 tbs garlic (minced)

2 tbs rosemary

2 tbs thyme

2 tbs oregano

2 tbs parsley

2 tbs crushed red peppers

2 tbs basil

1 cup of cheese (we used a Mexican mix)

1 premade pizza crust (wheat if you can find it)

 

Method:

First slice the tomato and cut the slices into quarters. Place about two tbs of olive oil and mix with the garlic. Let the tomatoes quarters marinade in the mixture while preparing the crust. Preheat the oven to 425F. Drizzle the crust with about 3 tbs olive oil, then use a brush to spread it evenly. Cover the crush with cheese, then sprinkle the oregano, parsley, crushed red peppers, thyme, basil, and rosemary over the cheese evenly. Next spread the tomatoes on. You can drizzle the marinade over the pizza after the tomatoes are placed. Bake for about 10-15 mins, and then enjoy.

Notes:

This probably is one of the best and healthiest pizzas I have had. I would probably add some salt and pepper to taste, but other than that this is something that you need to try!

 

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PS: I’ve lost 3 lbs 😀

Celebrating Qing Ming

This last week we celebrated Qing Ming (Clean and Bright). Qing Ming is a Chinese holiday for grave cleaning, which we celebrated by doing so. We went to the mausoleum with flowers and cleaned up around around my mom. It was nice to go since I haven’t been in a while, although I guess it should take a holiday to get me to go there. Anyway, for dinner we had a ghost feast and burnt ghost money. You can read more about the holiday here:

http://www.kidzworld.com/article/1993-ching-ming-festival-a-chinese-tradition

We had a lot on the menu, at least a lot for 2 people, but we still managed to eat it all. I have this problem where if there is food in front of me…it disappears :P. Anyways, today you get 2 posts! Sweet Chili Sauce and Chicken and Rice Pudding.

Chicken:

http://www.sidewalkshoes.com/2008/11/chicken-with-sweet-chili-sauce.html

Ingredients:
1/2 cup of sweet chili sauce
1/2 cup of soy sauce
peanut oil (or whatever you want to use for sauteing)
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Method:
Mix 1/4 cup chili sauce and 1/4 cup soy sauce in a shall glass dish or zip lock bag, add chicken and turn to coat. Marinate chicken in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Add a tablespoon or two of oil to a pan and heat over medium high heat. Lift chicken from marinade and brown on one side for about 2-3 minutes (it may smoke a little from the sweet marinade). Turn the chicken over and brown for 2 minutes per this side. Cover with a lid, turn the heat to low and let it finish cooking for about 8 minutes.

Mix remaining chili sauce and soy sauce in a small pot and heat over low heat until heated through, about 5 minutes. Serve over chicken.

Notes:

I really like this sauce! LIKE REALLY LIKE IT! Haha, and for once I actually followed the recipe as written! I have some left over and I want to try to mix it in with fried rice instead of just  soy sauce. I’ll let you know how it turns out :D. The sauce can get a bit thick, so you may want to thin it out with a touch of water.

Rice Pudding:

http://wordstoeatby.blogspot.com/2009/06/rice-pudding-and-mango-parfait-modern.html

Ingredients:
3 cups whole milk [I used 2%]
2 to 4 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk (see Note)
1⁄4 cup white basmati rice, rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon cardamom seeds, crushed
1 ripe mango, peeled and diced

Method:

In a deep saucepan, bring the whole milk and condensed milk to a boil over medium heat. Stir constantly to prevent scorching.

Reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the rice and cardamom and mix well. Continue to cook for about 50 minutes, until the milk has reduced by half and you obtain a creamy consistency [mine was done in about 35 minutes]. Stir frequently while cooking.

Remove from the heat and allow to come to room temperature.

Refrigerate, covered, for at least an hour.

Notes:

I really like rice pudding with mango. I’ve had it before at a restaurant, and even though I didn’t make it as a parfait it still came out really well. I tasted it with 2 tbs of sweetened condensed milk and thought it needed a little more sweetness, so I added another table spoon. I also put in about 3-5 tsp of vanilla because I accidentally poured too much in :). It burned a little bit on the bottom, but I found I like the burnt bits a little more :D. MmmMmm..burnty… Anyway, I served it immediately after with mango because when I ate it at the restaurant it was warm, so I figured this is what they did. Oh, and mangoes are my favorite fruit… you’ll have to guess the 2nd and 3rd 😉

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Making broccoli tastier

Broccoli is probably one of my favorite veggies. I eat it a lot (steamed, stir fried, raw…etc), and I like to find new ways to serve it. I stumbledupon this site a few weeks ago and instantly wanted to try this. The only problem was that I didn’t have any broccoli stocked, so I couldn’t. School basically piled up on me and I couldn’t hit the store to get any….sad days. Anyway, I finally got around to getting the ingredients (along with a few others)! You HAVE  to try this!

http://www.staceysnacksonline.com/2011/01/broccoli-bites-for-kids.html

Ingredients:

16 oz. package of frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and drained of liquid (I used fresh steamed broccoli)
1 1/2 cup of grated cheddar cheese
3 eggs
1 cup of seasoned Italian breadcrumbs

Method:

Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.

With your hands, form small patties and lay on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake at 375F for 25 minutes, turning the patties after the first 15 minutes.

Notes:

I hate that I keep missing instructions…but at least everything turns out well :D. I didn’t see the part that says turn over after the first 15 minutes. I just baked it on one side for about 35 minutes. I also put 2 cups of cheese and a 1 and 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs. It may be different for you, but just feel the consistency of the mixture and see if you think stick enough to make patties. I added a touch of garlic powder, but the seasoned breadcrumbs are already pretty nicely season. Anyway, these little patties were really awesome. I like that I keep running into these recipes that just need everything to be mixed together with no order. What can I say, except I love simplicity :D. Alright, get those stoves fired up, ovens preheated. and oil heated to the perfect temperature! Happy cooking!

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Casserole Pizza

Hey guys! I have lots of things to update, but the little time I have this week have been devoted to school. It’s killing me right now…and all I can think about is cooking! Haha, I really shouldn’t even been updating now seeing how I have a test to study for, a paper to write, and a project to research for, but whatever. Really sometimes I think to myself… I should just cook or cater for a living! Or something that doesn’t require me to do anymore school :P. Oh well, such is life. I only have one semester, so I can definitely suffer through it :D. Anyway, enough ranting…let’s take to tasty part of my life:

http://blog.al.com/plain-chicken/2011/03/bubble_up_pizza.html

Ingredients:
2 cans (12oz) golden layer buttermilk biscuits (Pillsbury Grands! Jr)
1 jar (15oz) pizza sauce
2 cups mozzarella cheese
your favorite pizza toppings – cooked sausage, turkey pepperoni, peppers, mushrooms
cooking spray
Method:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Cut biscuits into quarters and place in medium bowl.  Toss biscuits with pizza sauce.  Add pizza topping and half of the cheese.  Toss until well blended.  Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray.  Pour biscuit mixture into pan and top with remaining cheese.  Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes, or until biscuits are done.
Notes:
This recipe kind of reminded me of the dump cake recipe that I posted a few weeks back. I really liked it, but I wish it were more specific on how much topping to put in. I didn’t want to add too much because I didn’t want the topping flavor to be too overpowering, but I guess since it was broad they couldn’t really be specific. I added garlic and pepperoni to mine, but the flavors weren’t really that prominent. I added probably about 1 and 1/2 tsp of garlic and 7 slices of pepperoni (chopped up). I’ll definitely up the amount that I do next time. Also, I read incorrectly about cutting into the dough into quarters until after had mixed into a lot of ingredients, so I just started ripping up the dough in the mixing bowl. Still came out awesomely :D. Also, I think I am going to throw in some oregano next time. It just makes sense…but it slipped my mind. Cook it and lemme know what you thought! Happy cooking!

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PS: Wish me some luck on my work this week…I need it. OH and I forgot to mention I found a job! I work in marketing in the parking dept at my campus (Texas Tech). Yay for doing something that interests me and money :D!

Making 10cents look classy

Ramen…the stereotypical college diet, but it can become quite….plain over time. The choices are wide, but this is something that you can cook and make it look like you worked hard (if they don’t realize the noodles look oddly familier) even though it takes about 5-10 mins to make. Anyway, I had to substitute lot for today because I just had some extra stuff frozen waiting to be cooked from St. Patty’s day and I didn’t want to go to the store for the third time. Maybe you’ll be inspired too! Here’s the site:

http://www.netfoodie.com/2008/02/17/stir-fried-ramen-noodles-recipe/

Ingredients:
3 packs of MAMA pork flavored noodles
2 large eggs, beaten
1 clove of garlic, chopped
1/2 cup of onions, diced
1/2 cup of frozen peas and carrots
Cooking spray and/or vegetable oil

Method:
1. Bring a pot of water to a boil with enough water to cover the noodles.
2. Remove the noodle from the packages and put the seasonings and oil to the side. These packets contain oil, seasonings and chili powder. Break each noodle brick into quarters and put into boiling water with 1 packet of included oil.
3. Boil on HIGH until al dente, or about 1 minute. You don’t want the noodles to be soggy and these noodles cook very quickly. Strain the noodles. Do not rinse.
4. Spray a pan or wok with some nonstick spray. Heat on MEDIUM. Add 1 tsp. of oil(optional). Add onions(I used frozen chopped onions) and garlic. Cook until garlic is lightly browned.
5. Add beaten eggs to the pan. Sprinkle eggs with half of a seasoning packet. Scramble the eggs until halfway cooked. You want the eggs a little runny so they stick to the noodles.
6. Add drained noodles back to the pan. Add 2 of the seasoning packets(chili powder optional). Add the frozen peas and carrots. Stir until the seasoning is even, eggs are cooked and peas and carrots are warm.

Notes:

So as you can tell from my pictures I had to substitute a lot of items. In my opinion, it still tasted fantastic. I love the idea of taking something that people usually think of as cheap and jazzing it up to look like a meal that was slaved over. If you are trying to keep your waistline in shape (other than round…like mine) you will want to be mindful of the sodium content that comes with Ramen. Extra sodium means water retention. I usually use half a packet of season with a whole block of noodles, but in this recipe I used a whole packet of seasoning with one and a half blocks of noodles. Next time I think I’ll try to add some lettuce or bok choy…MAYBE EVEN CHICKEN! Well…maybe chicken. We tend to eat the pork or beef flavors, so pork or beef flavored chicken might defeat the purpose, but who knows and why not? We’ll just have to explore! Anyway, as always happy cooking!

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What the FRENCH, Toast?

So, I have never made french toast before. Is that weird? I hear that a lot of people eat it and I’ve always been so intrigued by it, but I always felt like it was a super complicated process. Myth BUSTED! Who knew that it was just mixing eggs and frying it on bread.. Although this recipe isn’t something new to most people, I feel like there will be a lot of people that will benefit from this! Also, this recipe had an extra ingredient that I would have never that of….let’s see what you think of it? Let’s take it to the site:

http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/french_toast/

Ingredients

4 eggs
2/3 cup milk
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
8 thick slices of 2-day-old bread, better if slightly stale
Butter
Maple syrupOptional

2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
1/4 cup triple sec
Fresh berries

Method

Beat eggs, milk, and cinnamon together. If using, add orange zest and/or Triple Sec. Whisk until well blended. Pour into a shallow bowl.

Dip each slice of bread into the egg mixture, allowing bread to soak up some of the mixture. Melt some butter (or use vegetable oil) over a large skillet on medium high heat. Add as many slices of bread onto the skillet as will fit at a time. Fry until brown on both sides, flipping the bread when necessary.

Serve hot with butter, maple syrup, and if available, fresh berries.

Serves 4.

Notes:

Alright, so I didn’t have any cinnamon thus I disregarded that ingredient. Also, the idea of putting triple sec into the batter made me think of a few other ingredient I had lying around so I mixed the eggs together and did 3 different types: butterscotch, triple sec, and amaretto :D. In addition to these, I added about 2-3  tsp of vanilla extract, just because I like vanilla.  Maybe it was just because this was my first time making them, but mine were kind of burnty…But that is probably just user error (I realize that I could have probably sprinkled some powdered sugar on it for looks and a little more sweetness, but it’s in my belly now). I’ll make sure to pay more attention next time. Anyway, enjoy and happy cooking!

PS: WOW! I am so enthused about the number of view! I have eight posts up and there are over 450 views! Thanks guys for reading! Stick with me and I will try and make sure you have something to fill your belly.

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